Dogs Trust encourages Irish workplaces to allow dogs in offices
The charity pointed out the many benefits of bringing your dog to work.
The animal welfare charity Dogs Trust has encouraged Irish workplaces to allow employees to bring their dogs into the office.
The organisation said that they hope the recommendation would help with the post-lockdown surrender of dogs.
The group's head of communications, Ciara Byrne, explained the benefits of bringing your pooch to work when it's appropriate.
She said: "So many people became dog owners during the pandemic, and we feel that the more workplaces that welcome dogs, the more dogs will remain in their homes, and we can hopefully avoid another wave of surrender requests.
"Many people feel that having a dog around can boost productivity and teamwork and what better way to fight off any return-to-work fears than having the comfort of your furry friend with you."
She continued: "Pet ownership has also been associated with a number of positive health benefits, some of which include fewer visits to the doctor, lower cholesterol, lower blood-pressure and improved heart health meaning the potential for healthier and happier employees."
However, Byrne acknowledged that bringing your dog to work is not an option for everyone.
She said: "We understand that it’s not possible to bring every dog to work, some may not enjoy it and some workplaces may be unsuitable.
"For those dog owners, we would recommend walking your dog before you go to work, breaking up their day by going home at lunch or asking a friend or dog walker if this is not possible."
Byrne also recommended dog owners sign up for their Bark to Basics pack, which contains useful tips regarding dogs in the workplace.
The advice from Dogs Trust comes as more and more people surrender their dogs.
Just a few weeks ago, the charity said that they are receiving eight requests a day from people looking to surrender their dogs as a direct result of lockdown restrictions lifting.